In the Demons’ first home games of the season, all was right in the world of Duncan baseball Tuesday.
With an explosion of offense and shutdown pitching, the Demons (2-1) swept their doubleheader against district foe Southeast (1-3) with 11-1 and 13-3 wins in five innings.
“Any time you start 2-0 in district play it’s a good thing and overall I’m happy with our play,” Demons coach Tim Hightower said. “We were able to hit the ball consistently and stayed aggressive on the bases. That’s something we’re going to have to do to be successful.”
Duncan 11, Southeast 1
Duncan wasted no time getting runs on the board, scoring three runs in the first inning.
It all started with a sophomore Bryce Byford walk and sophomore Mason Hightower kept things going with a single up the middle. Duncan drew first blood when senior Riley Peters brought Byford and Hightower with a two run double, and the team never looked back. Senior Dillon Stanley drove home Peters on a sacrifice fly before doing more damage on the mound.
Stanley kept the Spartans hitless in three innings, striking out the side to start the game and allowing just two baserunners on a walk and hit by pitch.
Duncan got all the insurance it would need in the fourth. Senior Cade Baldwin led off with a single, junior Taber Kaspereit followed with a double and Byford brought home Baldwin on a fielder’s choice. The runs kept coming when Hightower knocked a triple on a fly ball to center and brough home Kaspereit and Byford. Junior Trevor Stone, who ran for Hightower, then scored on a Peters sacrifice fly.
After a quick second inning from Stanley, Duncan kept the pressure on. Senior Tanner Norton got to third on an error and a Baldwin triple brought him home. A bunt single from Kaspereit added yet another run.
Neither team could score in the fourth, and the Demons put the game away in the fifth inning when Kaspereit knocked in two more runs with a single.
“We’re going to always try to put a lot of pressure on defenses and force mistakes, and we did that tonight,” Hightower said.